“Back at Beloit: Fall 2021 Campus Guidelines” letter sent to the Beloit community
Dear Beloit College Community,
We hope your summer has been relaxing and refreshing. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the beginning of the fall semester. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus in a few short weeks. We will all come together to establish our community, as well as overcome the challenges of the past year.
The changing conditions due to COVID-19 and its variants require that we continue to review and adjust our policies to keep our community healthy and well. Below, you will find important information on our fall 2021 plan. Please visit the Back at Beloit site to find a complete update on policies and procedures.
Face masks and physical distancing
In conjunction with the most recent CDC guidance on face coverings, effective Friday, August 6, all students, current and emeriti faculty, staff, and guests (regardless of vaccination status) will be required to wear face masks indoors with the exception of their personal space (i.e. dorm room or office). Masks will not be required outdoors.
Physical distancing is encouraged as it continues to be a highly effective way to avoid illness.
Vaccinations required to return to campus
As was announced earlier this year, the College is requiring vaccines for all employees and students. Students should submit their vaccine documentation to the Health and Wellness Center at email@example.com. Employees should send documentation to Terri Dahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who are fully vaccinated (completion of 1 or 2 dose series + 2 weeks time) and have submitted evidence of completing the vaccination protocol do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. Beloit College will accept all vaccinations available to students where they live. Please submit vaccination documentation to email@example.com.
If you are unvaccinated
All unvaccinated students must provide written documentation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to their arrival on campus for the start of the fall 2021 term. Please send your test results to firstname.lastname@example.org. The test should be administered no more than five days before the student’s arrival date on campus. Please obtain your test in enough time to assure receiving results before arriving on campus.
Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to attend weekly COVID-19 testing in the Health and Wellness Center. Please note that this is an increase in frequency from last year.
If you are a faculty or staff member and are not vaccinated, you must supply a negative COVID-19 test to Human Resources by August 20. The test should be administered no more than five days before August 20. Unvaccinated employees are also required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing as directed by Beloit College.
Classes will meet in-person, although instructors may incorporate a variety of pedagogical tools as part of their in-person courses and instructors will be available for in-person interactions outside of class time. Since classes will be meeting in-person, students will not be studying remotely. Arrangements will be made for students who are not able to attend class because of a brief illness or quarantine, as has always been our policy.
In-person, individual interactions are critical to the Beloit College mission and our ability to provide an exceptional residential student experience. To that end, administrative, academic, and program offices will be staffed in-person by the start of classes on August 23, 2021.
Continued remote work must be approved in advance and in writing by the staff member’s supervisor, senior staff member, and Human Resources. If approved, staff should work with their supervisor to ensure remote work is successful for both the staff member and the College. Flexible workplace options, managing expectations, and maintaining open communications will need to be assessed.
As a residential college that fosters learning in every corner of our community, we are at our best when we’re all together, in person. We look forward to another productive year with all of you.
The Covid-19 Task Force
- Kristin Bonnie, associate dean of faculty and the learning experience and professor of psychology
- Erica Daniels, executive administrative assistant to the President
- Tara Girard, associate dean for recreation, wellness, and engagement
- Lori Rhead, vice president for human resources and operations
- Cecil Youngblood, dean of students and chief diversity officer